licorice

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noun lic·o·rice \ˈli-k(ə-)rish, -k(ə-)rəs\

Definition of licorice

  1. 1a :  the dried root of a European leguminous plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers; also :  an extract of this used especially in medicine, liquors, and confectioneryb :  a candy flavored with licorice or a substitute (such as anise)

  2. 2 :  a plant yielding licorice; also :  a related plant

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Origin and Etymology of licorice

Middle English licorice, from Anglo-French licoris, from Late Latin liquiritia, alteration of Latin glycyrrhiza, from Greek glykyrrhiza, from glykys sweet + rhiza root — more at dulcet, root


LICORICE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of licorice for English Language Learners

  • : a candy made from the dried root of a European plant


LICORICE Defined for Kids

licorice

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noun lic·o·rice \ˈli-kə-rish, -rəs\

Definition of licorice for Students

  1. 1 :  the dried root of a European plant or a juice from it used in medicine and in candy

  2. 2 :  candy flavored with licorice


Medical Dictionary

licorice

noun lic·o·rice
variants: or chiefly British

liquorice

\ˈlik(-ə)-rish, -rəs\play play

Medical Definition of licorice

  1. 1:  a European leguminous plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza (G. glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers

  2. 2a:  glycyrrhiza 2b:  an extract of glycyrrhiza commonly prepared in the form of a gummy or rubbery paste



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